Now that I have my own little one I am seeing more and more ways in which we do things similarly to my parents. I am following in their footsteps in ways that I never imagined!
- Garden-growing up my parents had numerous amazing gardens and I never appreciated it all. In fact, I didn’t really like either the chores or the vegetables. Now, I am a total convert. I adore our little garden that we have been working on here and dream of doing more. I enjoy the chores and the produce!
- Playing in bed with J-I fondly remember playing in bed under the cover with my mom on weekends, when she--like me--wasn’t too enthused about getting out of bed. Now J and I do the same!
- Lists and labels-This is something my father and I share. Lists and lists. Brad likes to say I make lists about making lists. Not true, but close. And I am even starting to label a little bit . . .
- Collecting books-The house I grew up in had books in every nook, and my collection is starting to look that way. Awhile ago a friend commented about how crazy her hubby was for holding onto his college text books. I laughed—because I still have most of mine! And when I told this story to my father, he topped me, saying he still had some of his!
- Wood heat-Like my parents, Brad and I try to do things as simply as possible. Brad cuts all our wood from our woods and last year we only had wood heat. This year we did get a small backup propane tank, but haven’t touched it yet. My parents didn’t have anything but wood heat until I was born. (We also haven’t had a working dryer since last spring.)
- VPR-Again, was a major part of my childhood, and something I complained about. Now it’s on a lot of the time here! (Actually, I swear that it was a lifeline when I was home full-time, and sometimes I still need it for this reason.)
- Anti-commercialism-My mom would never allow me to have Barbie's and I didn’t have many of the other traditional toys either. I had the very best toys: the woods and nature. Joseph has already picked up on the fact that he doesn’t have the same toys as other kids and it is hard to stick to, but I really don't believe in all that branded, cheap, plastic.
- Vermont—I grew up here; always wanted to leave until I finally left and then came right back to stay. Now I am so happy to be raising my little guy here!